The best and most unexpected part of my life over the past 5 years of grad school is the amount of traveling I've gotten to do. Some sucker (my advisor) keeps thinking it's a great idea to send me to conferences around the world, places like Japan, Australia, Scotland, Korea, and Germany. For the first 6 months of 2014, I was on a fellowship in Paris. This was an amazing experience, during which I did a fair amount of research work (French robots are also dumb), drank a lot of cheap wine, and learned very little French.
Movies: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Memento, The Prestige, American Psycho, Black Swan, Troll 2, The Room (!!!)...
Shows: Hannibal, Breaking Bad, Arrested Development, The Walking Dead, Louie, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Twin Peaks, Lost, Childrens Hospital, Rocko's Modern Life...
Music: In general, as long as it isn't country, I'm pretty open to a lot of genres and styles. I love going to concerts, shows, raves, clubs, festivals, pow wows, dance parties in creepy basements, you name it. Let's go!
Food: I love all foods, except (and this is a big exception) anything pickled. Pickled eggs, pickled rice, pickled turnips, pickled pickles. Disgusting. I truly believe that pickles are cucumbers soaked in evil. However! If you are a person that loves pickles, you will love [having meals with] me. Anytime I get a meal and there is an unwanted pickle on my plate, BOOM, that pickle is all yours. I may throw it at you, so stay alert.
(3) something to read
(4) someone to talk to about that crazy thing I just read
(5) my passport